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#3613310 - 03/11/14 05:38 PM ALABAMA Kill Thread
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#3618155 - 03/16/14 09:47 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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Number 1 Is in the books guys. I about blew the wheels off the F-250 yesterday trying to get home in time from Louisiana to roost a bird before dark. I Made it to the club in time but did not have an luck. I was able to pull most of my cards out of the cameras I had placed on all the clover plots before I left offshore March 5th. I had planned to let the camera do the scouting for me since I would not get home in time to physically scout. When I got home last night and went through the SD cards I had one gobbler on camera hitting one of the fields often with a group of hens.

I head to that field first thing this morning well before daylight. I get settled into a tree line an make a little natural brush blind around me. I wanted to be hid good incase all those hens showed up. As soon as the song birds started to sing I heard my first gobble of 2014. He proceed to let her rip as the geese honked and crows crawww. I lost count after 50 gobbles. He was roosted about 150 yards from me so I felt good about my chances. I let him get on the ground before I ever called to him. He cut me off with a hard gobble. I hit him again with another sweet 3 note yelp and he hammered again. I got quiet on him for 10 min then I let out another 3 note help to check him again. He hammered again and was much closer. A few minutes later I hear Spiitttttdooooom and I know he's close. I turn my head slight to my left an see him enter the filed in full strut. I give him one more light cluck and a soft yelp and he struts 60 yards to his death. It was freaking awesome to see him strut that far all the while spitting and drumming.

This was the madden voyage of my little Remington 870 compact. I'm shooting hand loaded TSS this year. This little gun is one bad light weight turkey thumper with TSS!!

He's a nice bird at 20.2 LBS 1" & 7/8" spurs with 10" beard. Here are some pics.






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#3618160 - 03/16/14 09:52 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: Squeaky]
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Well I got lucky on #2 today at 1:40. I decided I would sleep in this morning with the storms pushing through. Around 8:30 I checked the weather and radar. It looked like it was going to clear up around 11 on my Dallas Cty lease. This lease has a lot of crop fields along with some hay fields. I have always had good luck on this property after rain pushes through. The fields are like magnets to the turkeys down there.

I arrive at the camp just as the rain was quitting. I load my gear on the TAV (Turkey Assault Vehicle) an off I go to the 18 wheeler trailer. I arrive at the 18 wheeler an proceed to climb up to my look out spot. From the the little landing at the top of this trailer I can glass a lot of ground. I glass everything I can see with no luck. A few minutes pass and I hear a gobble. I could not tell what direction the gobble came from so I listen a few more minutes. He lets another one rip and I have his direction now.

I hope on the TAV and head his way. I get to where I think he is an glass that field and nothing. As I'm standing there looking around 4 jakes walk out several hundred yards away. I watch them a for little while thinking he may be with them. He never shows but he gobbles again. I have his exact location now so I haul butt that way. As i'm slipping down the edge of the field nearing where he's at I see a head pop up 150 yards away. I freeze as he stares me down, after a few intense minutes he drops his head and walks off. I get in the edge of the woods and finishing slipping to were I want to be.

I get to some hay bales and I sneak a peek over the top of them. I see him easing down the field edge so I give him a call. He goes into full strut so I know he's interested. I continue to give him some soft calls and he would just strut back an forth. At this point I don't have much faith in calling him to me in this wide open field. All I am thinking is just don't spook him and I'll have another chance at him. After 30 minutes of him staying put I decide to hit him with some aggressive cutting and excited yelps. This does the trick and he starts easing my way. He would walk 5 yards and blow up. I'd cluck and soft yelp and he'd drop strut an come another 5 yards or so. This continued for over 30 mins as he covered 100 yards. I finally felt like he was in range of the little 20ga and I let it eat. The TSS rocked his world and he folded up like a sack of taters.

He was a nice bird with double beards. He weighed 20 LB 13 OZ, 10.5" & 4.5" beards with 1 1/8" spurs.


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#3618185 - 03/16/14 11:10 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: Squeaky]
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Not much to this story really..... I heard two birds on the limb gobble one time. Made one series of yelps and 10 minutes later he dead! They strutted up the hill right to the gun barrel spitting and drumming. Awesome hunt to start the year off. 18#, 1" sharp spurs, and a 9.5" beard. Going after his buddy in the rain in the morning I believe.


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#3618523 - 03/17/14 12:02 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: YEKRUT]
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After not having much luck in the rain and storms yesterday I was excited for daylight today. It started raining at dark again last night after quitting about 2 yesterday evening and rained until sometime early this morning. Well wouldn't you know it would start raining again on the walk in the morning. With it being rainy and the wind blowing I didnt figure I would hear anything, but since I have the whole club to myself I figured I would do a lot of walking and checking fields and roads today. I head back to where I killed the bird Saturday and cut on a YEKRUT special and one hammered back almost from the same place they were roosted Saturday morning. I head to a place I think I can work him from and go to work on him. He gobbled good, maybe 50 times or so and slowly worked his way up to the top of the ridge and got to take a ride in YEKRUTS truck this morning. From roost to boot on head was about 30 minutes. I heard another bird gobbling from another area that I think I can get to in the morning so I will probably try him next. It has set back in raining now. The rest of the week is supposed to be really nice, but I am about tired of being wet and cold.

20# 4 oz
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#3619790 - 03/18/14 04:59 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: YEKRUT]
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I'm gonna get this out first before I go into details on this mornings hunt. I am blessed more than I deserve!! To have a season like I had last year and now this season off to a blistering start is just unreal and hard to imagine. I know one thing, I'm going to enjoy this ride as long as it will last. Thank you "Lord' for the many blessing you have given me!!

Now for this mornings hunt. I started out back in the field where I had the encounter yesterday. I set only one hen decoy out this time. It was misting rain and cold. I did't expect to hear one gobble and that was the case. I started calling every 15 minutes once I thought it was light enough for the birds to be on the ground. This proceed until 8:00 and I had all I could take. My patience had ran thin from not hearing or seeing anything. I pick up my gear and head back to the TAV. As I near one of our tower blinds I decided to climbed up to glass some of the surrounding crop fields. As I start up the ladder I see 3 turkeys looking at me. I freeze and they go back to feeding. I get the binoculars on them and they are all jakes. I let them ease on off and I resume my walk to the TAV.

When I arrived at the TAV I decide I will go glass another field. This field also has a big tower blind on it so the plan was the same. As I I near the blind I see a fresh gobbler track, I get that warm and fuzzy feeling. I had a strong feeling I was going to see him once I got high enough to glass the field. As I got 3 steps high on the ladder there they are. I said to myself, it's game time now big boy. I glass them for several minutes to see what direction they are headed. He's with 5 hens and 3 jakes. Once I determined where they were headed, I formed my game plan. I knew of an old logging road that would get me close to their location. I had to make a big circle to get to this road so I head out. By the time I reach the edge of the crop field via the logging road they were only 100 yards away. I sat down in some thick brush an started soft clucking along with some light yelps. He hammered back and also one of the hens got very vocal. I started mimicking her and the 3 jakes broke from the group headed my way. The gobbler didn't like this so he started my way as well. He must have had second thoughts as he realized he was leaving his hens so he applied the brakes. He stayed hung up and would not come any further. I got quite and the jakes lost interest an returned to the group.

At this point I saw the hens where carrying the gobbler away from me so I had one last plan to try. I got up and moved to a pretty little hardwood bottom I knew of. This would put me in front of the group and 100 yards from the filed edge. I get settled in right on the edge of a small creek bank. This will allow me to shoot to the crest of hill. I think to myself this is an awesome set up. There is a little flat right off the field edge then it drops off down to where I'm at. The plan was to call him out of the filed into the flat far enough so he come to the edge to look for the hen in the bottom.

I start calling and he's hammering back at me. I get the hens fired up and he's gobbling at them. One hen gets real bossy with me and we go back and forth. I can tell she is getting closer and I can also hear that pffffftdooooom. I'm looking hard to my right thinking that's where he's at and all of a sudden I catch movement straight in front of me. It's the top of his tail fan! Before I can get my gun up he's standing at the edge of the hill at 30 yards looking. I can't move and I can't believe I got caught being stupid by not having my gun up. All I can do is let him walk off. He starts paralleling the edge of the hill. Every few seconds I'd catch just a glimpse of his head. I start hammering him with some excited cutting and he turns just enough as he was approaching my last shooting lane. He stopped perfect on that lane and I unleashed the TSS pain train. He crumpled at impact and #3 was in the books.

He was another good bird @ 21 lbs 4 oz. 10 5/8" with 1 3/8" & 1 5/16" spurs.

Me and my trusty TAV. This little thing has made my season since I'm hunting crippled this year.



Pretty set of light colored spurs with black tips.



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#3620800 - 03/19/14 06:14 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: Squeaky]
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Bless his heart he tried, but he failed. You play games you are gonna get dealt with around here. I'll post the story and some better pictures in a bit, gonna get him dressed and have a few cold ones to wind down first.


Alright time for a story.....

I went into a place this morning that I had found some gobbler tracks going into yesterday in hopes I would hear something. Well it was overcast again for a few hours this morning and I didn't hear a peep. I went back to the back of the property to get a guys trail cam for him. Its a pretty good haul up and down some ridges and I just walked a called every 200 yards or so all the way back trying to strike something up. I eased up to the field and I see a hens back and then another. I froze right there and was stuck standing there for the next 3 hours. About 2 hours into the ordeal the hens are feeding off out to a roadway and I think they are going to move on off so I am relieved. Well they left and I took a few steps forward and here they come back. About that same time I catch something moving about 200 yards through some select cut pines and it is a strutter on a hillside in the sun..... game on! I watch him while the hens feed again and he never does anything but spit and drum. This goes on for another hour or so. The gobbler would come up to the field, but never out in it or he would have been toast. The hens would get within 40-50 yards of me and pay me no attention just standing there in the wide open logging road. They finaly fed off and I got the dang camera and got out of there. It is around noon now so I haul tail back to the truck walking and calling again. I get a couple sandwiches at camp and off I go to another place close to camp. We have had several pics of gobblers off of this field this spring and it is out in a clear cut so I buried up in some brush and gave a yelp and a cutt and one fires back directly behind me. I turn around halfway so I can shoot both ways and get ready. 30 minutes or so goes by and I catch movement out of the side of my eye and it is a strutter, but not the one doing the gobbling because he aint budging from the draw he was in. The bird is already inside 40 yards. I didn't know it at the time because I couldn't see it, but he was walking a road where they had drug logs out. 15-20 minutes goes by and I work my way to my knees so I can get higher and get a shot at him the next time he struts to the left. Finally I give him some soft calls and he comes back into my lane and I dented the primer. I knew he had a big head and a large full fan, but I couldn't see much of a beard on him when I shot. He had beard rot and 80% of his beard was maybe 3" long and orange, he had about 10 strands that went 7 1/2". His spurs told the rest of the tale where he had some nice 1 1/8" spurs on both legs. It was a longs day, but at 3'ish I finally got it done. Looking for a couple more this week.






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#3624750 - 03/24/14 10:34 AM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: YEKRUT]
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Story time.

Had a better weekend this weekend.


I was telling my dad about my troubles getting on a gobbling bird and he invited me to his club to hunt Sat. He said he hunted Tuesday and heard about 5 birds gobble all morning. His club borders the river and Friday he said he was on the river fishing and heard several on the club gobbling. So anyway we get there Sat morning nice and early and get to his favorite listening spot and lo and behold not one single gobble. I sat there as long as I could take it and asked him where a good spot would be within walking distance. He told me about a field on a power line about a mile away that was being used heavy and he had seen gobbler tracks in it since Feb. He had gone over once since the season came in and looked but never hunted it because he had a pile of birds in that little area that he was hunting. So I got directions and struck out. I had to walk by the truck and thought to myself I should grab my DSD dekes because you can see forever and a mile on this power line. I get there and find where the road connects to the power line and eased down the trail to the field. I slipped up on it really quietly and peeked around the corner and the field is empty. So I took my DSD jake and hen (which I rarely ever use)out of the bag and then hustled out into the field, stuck them in the ground and got back into cover. I sat facing down the power line towards the field and the dekes were to my right. Being left handed I could swing to my right if need be. I sat down in some little bushy pines, and looked at the time and saw it was 15 minutes to 8. I sat there and did some light yelping for just a few minutes. Then I took my glass call and did some clucking and a lot of purring. I laid my call down about five minutes after 8 and just sat back and relaxed. About 10 minutes went by and I heard a stick snap in front of me. I look and just in the woodline I see a red head at about 50 yards..... oh yeah here we go. I see a hen go by it and she comes on out into the field and then he steps in right behind her. It's a jake...... sigh.... par for the course. So I come down off of alert and all of a sudden I heard a bunch of commotion to my right. I glance over and a big gobbler is just beating the dog out of my jake decoy. I have no idea where he come from, he just materialized out of nowhere. He knocked my jake decoy off of the stake and got up on him with his back turned to me. I took the opportunity to shoulder my gun and he lowered his head to peck the decoy. When he raised it back up I settled the bead on his head and shot him off of the decoy.



I asked my boys Nick and Hunter if they wanted to go hunting on Sun. Both of them had baseball practice on Sat and could not go with me. I told them it was supposed to be pouring down rain that next morning but if either wanted to go I would get up and take them. Nick (the oldest) declined but Hunter wanted to go. So we got up and checked the weather and it said the rain hadn't arrived yet but it was probably going to hold off until 9 am. Well they were wrong! About the time we got to the hunting club it started a downpour of epic proportions. We sat in the truck and debated on what to do. After much debating I told him we had drove nearly two hours we were going to go hunt. As much as I hated to do it because I've had my fill of it so far this season, I had put up a blind for the kids earlier and it was on a big greenfield. He and I drove as close as we possibly could and got out of the truck and made a dash for the blind. While he got in the blind and got everything together I put the DSD jake out..... I figured why not since it worked yesterday. Well by the time we got settled in we were both wet and it was cold and I was beginning to regret the decision to get out of bed. It started to crack daylight and the rain slacked off a good bit. I brought a big jacket and I looked over and Hunter was balled up in the chair sound asleep, wrapped up in that jacket. About 15 minutes after it got good daylight I hear a cluck in the road behind the blind. I clucked back and this hen went into a fit of cutting and carrying on, and then walked on down the road. About two minutes later I see a huge hen come on the far end of the field about 100 yards away and just stand there erect and look. Then hens started pouring out of the pines and across the field while she stood there and watched like a guard. The last one that came into the field was a gobbler. I started shaking Hunter to get him up and he stood up. I got the little 20 ga poked out the window and about the time we got all that done all the turkeys walked out of the field. They were just passing through and had no intention of feeding. So Hunter sits back down and says to me that he was cold and maybe we should go. I looked up the power line and the original group we seen was walking up the edge of it about 200 yards away. I heard a noise in front of the blind and I looked over by my jake decoy and a gobbler was standing over my decoy with his chest poked out bumping it. I got the shotgun up and told Hunter to get up slowly. He took it from me and shouldered it and I pushed the safety off. About the time I pulled my hand away from the gun I hear BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM and the gobbler piles up in a heap.

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#3624846 - 03/24/14 12:51 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: BC]
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Congrats on a great weekend.
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#3626190 - 03/25/14 08:39 PM Re: ALABAMA Kill Thread [Re: Roost 1]
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Well the “Good Lord” has blessed me with another awesome Bama season!! It’s sad for my season to be over again so quickly. However, I had an awesome 10 days of hunting. Considering the cold and rain I can’t complain one bit about my successful hunts. Everyone of the birds I killed strutted and gobbled just like it’s suppose to happen. Truly blessed I am!!!

So here goes the story of #4. I missed this turkey on Thursday of last week, I had a grudge I wanted to settle after that. So I go back after him Friday and he’s gobbling but not near as good as the day before. He doesn’t want to play and I don’t push the issue. I leave him that morning and come back later that afternoon to attempt to roost him. I manage to get on two hens but he’s a no show. I have a strong feeling he’s in the area so I’m back Saturday morning. As it starts to break day he hammers but sounds a long ways off. I listen to him gobble several more times and finally figure out where he is. He’s roosted on the back side of a big hill in some beautiful hardwoods. I know roughly where the two hens had roosted so I made a small circle an got set up between him and his hens.

By the time I get in position and set up they were already on the ground. I never heard him gobble again but got his hens to answer me a few times. I could also hear them scratching in the leaves just out of sight. I just kept calling every few minutes and I finally started hearing pftttttttdooooom up on the hill. This continued for at least 10 minutes until I spotted a lone hen coming down off the hill headed to the other turkeys. A few minutes later I see him coming down the hill in tow. As soon as he gets even with me I hit him with a couple excited clucks followed up with a short excited yelp. I did this a couple times while scratching in the leaves pretty aggressively. It must have been what he liked because he turned an started the 100 yard march in full strut right to me. I look behind him an all his hens are running behind him, like yeah where the heck you going. I let him come as close as he would which was in my pocket before he realized something against that big white oak wasn’t quite right. As he started to turn to leave I unleashed the “TSS Pain Train” He was a nice bird with 1” spurs, 10 5/16” beard and 21 LB 7 Oz.





Here goes the story of #5. I knew of an area I left a gobbling last year so I decided to go check this area for sign yesterday afternoon. I found some good fresh sign but did not see or hear anything. I start out in the same area before daylight with high expectations. I hear nothing not a single peep. I decide to go sit near the sign an call for an hour, this produces nothing nor do I hear anything. My patience wear thin so I decide to ease around to do a little blind calling. This produces nothing so I head back to where I started. There is a food plot near by so I decided to go check it. As I near the plot a crow calls out and a gobbler hammers. He’s only a couple hundred yards away so I find a pretty place to set up. He gobbles a couple more times on his on before I get ready.

Once in position I start off giving him some light calling that he does not respond to. I thought he would jump all over this calling since he was gobbling on his own. I get a little more aggressive with an yelp which he answers. I tone it back down and nothing. So I hit him with an excited cackle which he jumped all over. I give him a few minutes and hit him with some excited cutting and he hammers that. I shut up at this point an never make another call. Around 10 minutes later he enters the plot 80 yards away. He’s looking hard and I’m tempted to call to him but I wanted him to come look for me. I knew if I called to him he would pin point my exact location and game over. He slowly started easing my way. He would go in half strut but nothing more. I could tell he was getting aggitated because the hen that had talked so nasty to him was no where to be seen nor would she come to him. A few minutes pass and he’s getting desparate so he gobbles. He ease closer while blowing up in half strut. He hammers again at 50 yards and eases a little closer. He starts feeding a little so I took that opportunity to scratch in the leaves when he wasn’t looking so hard for the hen. That was all he needed as he responded with a gobble an committed those last 15 yards. It was like he locked in on the area and the scratching gave him the reassurance there was a hen near by. As he craned his head for his last look I unleashed the “TSS Pain Train”. He was also a nice bird with 1 3/8” & 1 1/8” spurs, 11.25” beard and 21 LB 13 Oz.






Here are the quick stories of my Louisiana buddies birds that he killed while up hunting with me. I picked up a new property recently and while looking the place over I saw a strutter with some hens that afternoon. I made the decision we would head to this property after he struck out on the another property we were hunting. We get settled in on a big power line food plot that is surround by a fresh clear cut. One of the fresh logging roads where full of gobbler and hen tracks. I’m pretty confident in the afternoon hunt. However, that quickly diminishes as we have sat there for two hours and have heard or saw nothing. I’m about ready to get up an move when all of a sudden a bird gobbles up on hill in the clear cut. I spot him standing up there so I start calling to him. He answers me every time I call and he starts our way. We both watched this bird cover 300 yards through a fresh clear cut. He would stop long enough to strut and gobble. It took him about 15 minutes to work his way to us. I was talking to Mr. Ward to as he got close to let him come a little further. Mr Ward finally told me was as close as he was going to get. He unleaded the “Nitro Pain Train” on him. Mr Ward had #1 in the books and was a happy cajun.





Mr Ward bird #2 was also another afternoon hunt. I had found some more gobbler sign on the other section of the ned property. I tell him about that spot and we decide he’s going there by his self. I wasn’t feeling very motivated due the nasty weather that had come through earlier that morning. I wanted to catch up on my rest so I just sat around camp until later that afternoon. Mr Ward takes off and arrives at the food plot. He puts his DSD jake, submissive hen and feeding hen out. He starts making some blind calls every 15 minutes like I had done the afternoon before. He said an hour had passed and he had heard nothing. He was sitting there totally not prepared when all of a sudden a gobbler comes charging out of the hardwood bottom in full strut headed for the jake deke. Mr Ward said his gun was in his lap and he freaked out due to that. However, the gobbler was so intent on beating up the jake he was able to slowly ease his gun into position. He had killed a nice bird with 1 1/8” spurs, 10 1/2 bard and 20 lbs.

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